The first step to obtaining a goal is setting one—and that can be half the battle! Whether you want to lose weight, improve general health, or manage symptoms, here are some goal-setting tips that may help:
1. Be Realistic
Changing your health habits will take time. You will likely be tempted, you will probably backslide, and you may get discouraged. Keep this in mind as you make your goals so you don’t set yourself up for disappointment. “I’m going to cut my soda intake in half in 6 months,” is a lot more realistic than, “I’m never drinking soda again!”
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Heart palpitations, the feeling that your heart is pounding or racing, can occur for several reasons before and after a hysterectomy. Many women find they experience heart palpitations at one time or another, and many HysterSisters report having them more around the time of their hysterectomy. There are a lot of reasons you could have heart palpitations around this time, but anesthesia is not usually one of them.
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Some medications used as part of anesthesia during a hysterectomy can cause flushing or “hot flash” sensations.
For instance, Decadron is often used intravenously to help with swelling and nausea. If this medication is given to you while you are awake, it can cause a hot flash sensation.
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The medications and procedures used with modern anesthesia should all be out of your system within 24-48 hours. Nonetheless, some women find they have unexplained symptoms for weeks and months following their hysterectomy.
There are a few things to keep in mind when trying to figure out the cause of any unexplained symptoms following your hysterectomy.
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General anesthesia that is used for surgery, including hysterectomy, may cause a decrease and/or distortion in taste and smell in a small amount of patients (approximately 1–2%). When it does occur, the phenomenon seems to last about 2–4 weeks. In addition, various medications can affect your sense of taste; for instance, some antibiotics can leave a “metal” taste in your mouth
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In general, all modern anesthetic agents should be out of your system within 24–48 hours of your hysterectomy. The exact time will vary based on which medications were used for you and in what dosages. Though traces of anesthesia medications may be found in your blood a few days after your hysterectomy, they should not have any noticeable effect.
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Deciding whether or not to have a hysterectomy can be difficult. Many women have been in the same position; you are not alone in feeling this way.
Many women reported after their surgery that they didn’t realize how bad they felt until after they had the hysterectomy. They were amazed at how much better they felt after surgery. Other women regretted that they waited so long to have the surgery. They’ve never felt better!
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The bowel does not go to sleep and wake up the same way that your brain does, but it is affected by your hysterectomy. Post-operative ileus (sluggish bowel after surgery) can be caused by several different things, most notably inflammation, hormonal changes, and narcotic pain medications used to manage your pain.
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Doctors usually tell patients with this condition to stop medications in preparation for surgery. Assuming you have a hematologist, s/he should be working closely with your surgeon to assure that you won’t have a problem with blood clots during or after surgery.
Your doctor will probably address everything at your pre-op appointment, but if s/he doesn’t mention it, don’t be afraid to bring it up! Be sure and ask all your questions and persist in getting an explanation for anything that worries you.
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Most women with high blood pressure have no problems during surgery. The key is that your doctor is aware of your condition and knows which medications you are taking.
Some women report having to reschedule their surgery because of high blood pressure. Make sure your blood pressure is under control prior to your scheduled surgery.
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